Clear aligners are a type of orthodontic appliance that is used to straighten teeth and correct bite issues. They are a popular alternative to traditional braces, as they are virtually invisible, removable, and can be more comfortable to wear. At Knoxville Orthodontics, we use Invisalign clear aligners made from a clear, BPA-free plastic material and custom-design them to fit each patient's teeth and mouth. The aligners are worn over the teeth and gradually shift them into position over time.
Invisalign aligners are a popular type of clear aligners that we use for straightening teeth. These clear aligners are made from a transparent material, making them practically invisible when worn. This means you can go about your daily life without feeling self-conscious about your smile!
So, how do Invisalign aligners work? Well, the process starts with a consultation with an orthodontist who will assess your teeth and create a customized treatment plan. Using advanced 3D imaging technology, they will design a series of custom-made aligners that gradually shift your teeth into their desired position.
Once your custom aligners are ready, it's time to start wearing them! Each set of aligners is typically worn for about two weeks before moving on to the next set in the series. It's important to wear them consistently for at least 20-22 hours per day to ensure optimal results.
Throughout your treatment journey, regular check-ups with your orthodontist will be scheduled every six to eight weeks. These visits allow them to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments along the way.
The Procedure for Clear Aligners/ Invisalign Treatment
During the initial visit, the orthodontist will evaluate the patient's teeth and determine if clear aligners are the right option for their specific orthodontic needs. If clear aligners are recommended, the orthodontist will take digital impressions of the patient's teeth, which will be used to create a 3D model of their mouth. The orthodontist will then use this model to develop a customized treatment plan that outlines the exact movements of the teeth and the length of the treatment. The aligners are typically made from a clear, BPA-free plastic material and are custom-designed to fit snugly over the patient's teeth.
The patient will receive a series of aligners, each worn for two weeks. The aligners apply gentle pressure to the teeth, gradually shifting them into the desired position. The patient must wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours daily, removing them only for eating, brushing, and flossing. The patient must visit our orthodontist every six to eight weeks for a progress check. At these appointments, the orthodontist will evaluate the patient's progress and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.
Once the treatment is complete, the patient will have achieved the desired result, with teeth that are straighter and in proper alignment. At this point, the patient may be given a retainer to wear at night to help maintain the new position of their teeth.
The Advantages of Clear Aligners/ Invisalign
- They are nearly invisible, making them a more discreet option than traditional braces.
- They are removable, which allows for easier cleaning and maintenance of oral hygiene.
- They can be more comfortable to wear than traditional braces, as they do not have wires or brackets that can irritate the mouth.
- They can be removed before meals, so you can eat whatever you like without worrying about food getting trapped between your teeth and the orthodontic appliance.
- They are customized to fit your mouth and teeth perfectly for a comfortable fit throughout treatment.
- The average length of treatment with clear aligners is about one year compared to anywhere from one to three years with traditional braces.
Clear aligners and Invisalign are often recommended for mild to moderate orthodontic problems, such as crowding, spacing, and minor bite issues. To learn more about the benefits of clear aligners, visit the best orthodontist in Knoxville, TN - Knoxville Orthodontics at one of our three convenient locations in Knoxville, Tennessee, or call (865) 522-7572.